Manga Review: Hellsing Volume 2 by Kohta Hirano
Author: Kohta Hirano
Publisher: Darkhorse Manga
Published: April 7, 2004
Page Count: 188 pages
Availability: Out of print, buy on Amazon, eBay or at your local bookstore if you can find it
Hellsing Manga Volume 2 continues the story of Alucard, Seras, and the Hellsing Organization. Hellsing Organization Headquarters comes under attack by two vampire brothers, Jan and Luke Valentine. As the vampire siblings wipe out the human soldiers of Hellsing, it’s up to Seras Victoria and Walter to protect the members of the Round Table while Alucard waits for Luke Valentine as the vampire comes to kill him.
The Manga Is Fun
I like the story of Hellsing, it’s not deep or philosophical and doesn’t have a profound message. It’s just action-oriented and runs on the Rule of Cool when it comes to both the plot and its characters. Anyone trying to make this series sound deep or profound is just trying to oversell it to you.
I do like the series, I do find it interesting, but it isn’t something that is trying to be anything more than a gory, violent, and potentially offensive manga story featuring violent vampire hunting. While the characters and plot are entertaining, it’s certainly not the best manga story I’ve ever read.
This manga is very dark and creepy. It has great characters and an interesting set up. I like the plot and the writing is very excellent, it keeps my attention and I enjoy reading this manga.
The Art Is Really Cool-Looking and the Fights Are Entertaining
The art is also good. The fight scenes are very well done and the character designs look great. Kohta Hirano is a great artist and his illustrations are really excellent. I do like how unique the characters look, and that is important for manga because, unlike comics and graphic novels, the pages are black and white and no color so the designs have to stand out to keep your attention.
What makes the Hellsing manga stand out is the over-the-top violence and gore, not that there aren’t violent and gory manga out there, but Hellsing is known for how ridiculously gory and violent the artwork is.
The art is very well detailed and drawn very well. The manga is known for its fantastic artwork as well as the over-the-top story and memorable characters.
Parental Advisory: If You’re Christian, You’ll Probably Be Offended
This manga is recommended for ages 17 and up because of graphic violence, blood, gore and strong language. This isn’t for kids. This is for the adults. There’s also sacrilegious, blasphemous content so if you’re a Christian you might be offended, especially if you’re Protestant or Catholic, read at your own discretion. If you don’t want to be offended at God’s name being taken in vain you should definitely stay away.
It’s Entertaining for Adults but Lacks Depth
The audience is mainly here for the vampires and violence and the cool art and fight scenes. Hellsing lacks depth because Kohta Hirano doesn’t really care about depth and a lot of his characters only have a few defining character traits that you’ll remember about them while you’re reading.
It’s very flippant in how it treats the denominations of Christianity as it has Protestants who kill vampires and insane Catholics who are fine with murdering “heathens” in the name of God. This is a very irreverent series that runs on a cool concept that you’ll only read because the plot sounds cool.
will you buy Hellsing Volume 2?
What Doesn't Work:
Good story, interesting characters, and world-building
Will probably offend Christians
The characters don't have depth
Action-packed for people who love fight senes
Grade: A (With a Warning to the Religious):
I recommend Hellsing if you like vampire stories and manga. If you want something that’s scary, horror centered, you should pick up this manga. If you’re just curious, see if your local library has it. If you’re a religious person and you don’t feel comfortable with your faith being misrepresented and excessive violence and profanity you should not read this manga.
It is very entertaining for people that aren’t offended by sacrilegious content or are irreligious, but if you are a religious person you should stay away from this title. As it’s already a dark story because it’s about vampires, this is the extreme end of dark vampire stories, mainly on the blood, gore, and profanity side of things.
It’s worth your time if you’re not easily offended and money if you want to buy it. My library system has the entire series so I don’t have to buy it for myself, especially since I just want to read it. It’s an exciting story, even if it can be offensive.
It isn’t a story for everyone, and because of the offensive content, I will warn Christians that if you don’t like these sorts of stories, you should stay away.
If you want an entertaining vampire story that is not a vampire romance you will probably enjoy Hellsing by Kohta Hirano. Unfortunately, it has gone out of print and Darkhorse hasn’t made any plans to reprint the title and since it is out of pint that means that people are going to sell it for a high price on the internet to gouge money out of collectors. It is worth buying if you like stories that run on Rule of Cool, but if your local library has it in their system, just borrow it.
It’s worth your time if you’re not offended by the content and you just want a cool story to read, but if you’re looking for a story with deep characters this probably isn’t for you. Still, if you want to read it, get it from your library if they have it, it’s cheaper and you won’t be price gouged for it.
It is worth your time, maybe, depending on if you’re offended by the story content or not, but it’s not worth being price gouged on eBay if you want to own it. I don’t know if it will ever go back into print again, but if the story interests you, you should give it a try.
This is not a manga for little kids and should be kept away from them until they’re old enough to handle mature content.
It’s not really worth the money right now, but if it’s something that interesting to you and you want to try to buy it, you can try, just expect it to be more expensive because of it being out of print.